Junk in Your Trunk Club, Part II

Yesterday, Trunk Club and their unique business model was the topic of discussion. This innovative model cuts out the process of going to a store and selecting items. Instead, clients can work with a stylist via phone or e-mail and have items delivered to try on and either keep or send back.

Intrigued by this opportunity, I went forward and ordered a “trunk”. The items I received were nice. I liked the styles. The items all went together well. The sizes were mostly right and fit well. Then, I looked at the prices. For eight items (3 l/s shirts, 1 s/s shirt, 1 sweater, 2 jeans, 1 pants), at full retail price, I was looking at a bill >$1,000. Those that know me know that I rarely pay full retail price and would not ever spend $1,000 on eight items of clothing. So, I sent the box back (postage paid by Trunk Club) and opted out of future service.

While I still like the prospect of selected items that can enhance and build my wardrobe, I am not willing to sacrifice my wallet for it. I am not cheap; I just know that there are better offers/deals/promotions out there to make the purchase more value oriented. Having previously run the wildly popular DealTaker.com website, my next step was to look up all of the items on my invoice online and see if I could source them in a way that was better for the pocketbook. After a short review, I was able to determine that I could indeed get all of the items online and at about a 30% discount on the total by using promotion codes or just seeing lower prices direct from the clothier.

Now to the title of these posts – Junk in Your Trunk Club. It may sound harsh and I may be exaggerating for effect. However, three of the items in the trunk I received were over a season old. I found the exact items on discounter websites for >50% off. Granted, I liked the items; however, why would I pay FULL retail price for items that companies had already jobbed out to discounters? It seems to me a “stylist” would factor in current trends to provide “style”.

Certainly this is a model ripe for disruption. I now move forward in that quest.

AMEX + Local Small Business = $25 Saturday November 24, 2012

American Express is running a very rich offer the day after Black Friday (Saturday, this November 24th) this year.

All you have to do is register your American Express card at their Shop Small Business page. Once done, you will get your one-time $25 statement credit from American Express when you use your enrolled Card to spend $25 or more in a single, in-store transaction at a qualifying small business location.  Visit www.shopsmall.com for information about qualifying small business locations.

Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities and supporting them is a great way to help fuel the local economy.

For Offer Terms visit: www.shopsmall.com/offerterms.

Tax Filings Due Today

There has been a lot of talk about taxes in the last year with all of the political races, financial upheaval, and government spending. But today, for most Americans, we will know the answer to one thing – Pay or Refund?

I finished my taxes early on this year using Turbo Tax – as I have done for more years than I care to remember. Using the online version this year was a way to shake things up a bit – it had its pros and cons. In the end I could not help but to think that taxes and spending in our current times just leaves me shaking my head. Most people around me know that I am a proponent of The Fair Tax – a system of taxation that truly apportions to those that should pay as required. We may not see it in my lifetime, but I will hold out hope.

One final plug for my company – DealTaker.com – whether you are paying taxes or getting a refund, saving money for yourself, your family or your business is paramount. Check out the great deals that DealTaker offers each day online. The savings add up – even if our taxes don’t.

Review of Cyber Monday ’08

In 2008, as I have mentioned in prior posts on Cyber Monday, retail and online shopping are under an intense microscope for performance.  I was interviewed by a local station (Fox4 News Dallas) along with an offline retailer to get a take on how things were proceeding.  As you will see below, we were pleased with traffic and performance – and deals are to be had everywhere.

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Black Friday is BIG – Cyber Monday is BIGGER

Now that the holiday season is officially here for 2008 (Yes, it is a late Thanksgiving by most years’ standards) the two biggest shopping days of the year happen in the next 96 hours. Those days are Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Being around retail the last 10 years or so, I know how big of a time this is for retailers big and small.  This year has an even bigger feel to it with the economic conditions that are provoking some retail companies either into bankruptcy or contemplating it.Black Friday Shopping

Much earlier than usual, I have seen Black Friday Ads popping up all over the place.  Notably, I have also heard less claims of legal action against websites posting “leaked” ads this year.  I think that definitely signifies that retailers are willing to accept all help in marketing at all costs.  Sites like DealTaker.com that conglomerate ads into one spot are a great way for shoppers to plan for the big shopping day in the stores.  Stores like JCPenney, Sears, Toys R Us, and others have ads that are posted with some really good deals.

Cyber Monday ShoppingNot being one to go from store to store on the busiest day of the year, I tend to wait for Cyber Monday and all the great deals that will be had that day as well.  Instead of fighting everyone for parking, the last Wii, and a spot in line at the food court, I will sit at my desk and price comparison shop and find even better deals.  Most of those items will then be shipped right to me or my intended recipient (often with Free Shipping).

Alas, a Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Eat well, shop hard, and enjoy those around you.